Fallout 3 due fall 2008

[UPDATE] Teaser trailer reveals release date of Bethesda's much-anticipated postapocalyptic RPG, hints at Ron Perlman return; hi-def version inside.


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After weeks of taunting gamers with concept art, Bethesda Softworks has released the first teaser trailer for Fallout 3. Although brief and cryptic, the two-minute-plus trailer does answer some questions about the much-anticipated title--and might allay many fears of fans from the series.

First and foremost, the trailer dates Fallout 3. Though it did not reveal any platforms, Bethesda now plans on releasing the "next-generation" role-playing game in fall 2008. Bethesda's most recent RPG, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, was originally scheduled for a fall 2005 release, but was delayed until spring 2006. It debuted on the PC and Xbox 360, but was eventually ported to the PlayStation 3 as well. [UPDATE] The game has now been confirmed for all three platforms.

Secondly, the trailer indicates that Fallout 3's designers are attempting to stay true to the spirit of the acclaimed first two fallout games. The original Fallout (1997) began with a retro "Indian head" television test pattern. It then showed an ironic 1950s-esque newsreel of power-suited soldiers happily executing prisoners to the tune of "Maybe" by 1940s crooners The Ink Spots. The camera pulled back to reveal the TV was inside a burnt-out house in the postnuclear ruins of a bombed-out city before fading to the "Fallout" title screen. Then, narrator Ron Perlman (Hellboy) spoke the line, "War. War never changes."

After the same test pattern, Fallout 3's trailer begins with a 1950s-style radio warming up and then playing the Ink Spots' "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire"--which was reportedly supposed to be the original Fallout's theme. It then pulls back to show the interior of what looks like an Eisenhower-era bus containing various quaint personal effects. As the camera retreats further, it shows the bus is merely a shell, stacked atop a heap of twisted rubble in another ruined city. A power-armored soldier enters the frame and turns toward the camera. The trailer then cuts to the Fallout 3 title card as a voice-over again says, "War. War never changes." Speaking to GameSpot, Bethesda's Pete Hines confirmed that the voice speaking the now-iconic line is indeed Ron Perlman. However, he declined to say anything further about the actor's involvement in the game.

Oh, there will be vaults...
Oh, there will be vaults...

Thirdly, the trailer contains many clues about what the actual game Fallout 3 will look like. Primarily, Hines confirmed the trailer is entirely in-engine, meaning that when players finally step into the postapocalyptic RPG, it will look much the same. Also hidden in the trailer is a recruiting poster for the same war that preceded previous Fallouts, as well as an ad for bunker maker Vault-Tec promising "A brighter future--underground!" A billboard for a car similar to that in Fallout 2 can be seen on a burned-out building outside the bus, and the radio bears a label saying "Radiation King"--a brand name from the original games. Finally, the soldier's power armor clearly bears a Brotherhood of Steel logo--meaning the chivalrous order will be back in the sequel--and its helmet design is almost identical to that on the box of the original game.

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To igl: I quote Peter Hines. "Primarily, Hines confirmed the trailer is entirely in-engine, meaning that when players finally step into the postapocalyptic RPG, it will look much the same." Nice try.

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The most important thing to me is that the roleplaying elements are as good or better than the original 2 games. I want to be able to play as a really evil person, a thief, smooth talking guy, a bruiser, etc.

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At IGN they said the trailer was in-engine.

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igl This is a CG trailer without any gameplay footage at all. It's prolly made by a vfx studio and not by bethesda. It is _not_ CG, it's all in-engine.

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This is a CG trailer without any gameplay footage at all. It's prolly made by a vfx studio and not by bethesda. It shows nothing about the game. Now stop coming up with clues on how the game will end up.

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the first person view doesn't bother me, I liked oblivion...of course I am not a fallout 1 or 2 player though.

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never played the other fallouts although i heard they were good. im gonna have to check this one out

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#1 Baby!! Never mind, took to long to write, not #1. And so... One of the first MAJOR titles for 2008 emerges. Hell, I'm gonna need 8 months to recover my finances after Q3 and Q4 of 2007... The Darkness, Dirt, Overlord, Bioshock, Halo 3, Mass Effect, Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, Assassin's Creed... a couple more will probably pop up, Oh well, I suppose there's worse problems to have.

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I wonder if Bethesda's gonna make a true RPG, or just an action/adventure game like Oblivion. While I will welcome Fallout 3 to my PC, I have a feeling that it's gonna be made for the masses, and that's most likely an FPS. I'm gonna reinstall fallout 1 and 2 tonight, and I see a few other people are as well. If you've been a console only gamer your whole life, I would highly recommend picking them up, as they are dated, yes, but the humor and wittiness of the games more than makes up for the dated graphics.

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FPS is the way to go for Fallout. I'm confident that if Black Isle had the technology back then to make the original Fallout an immersive first person game, they would've as well.

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Why Autumn 2008? Why not now? That trailer brought back some good ol' memories and there is no doubt in my mind that this will be a fantastic game. Can't believe that's supposed in game footage, my jaw literally dropped when I read that.

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So, is it going to be full of bugs and game ruining fatal errors and missing items like Morrowwind and Oblivion?

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That trailer told us absolutely NOTHING, beyond perhaps hinting that the game will be first-person, Oblivion-style. Which would be a shame, IMHO.

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Everything I have read so far, which is not much, sounds great. As long as they stay true to the first two games, the best in the series, it will all be good.

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I'm maybe one of a select minority of Fallout fans who actually can't wait to play in this world from the first person. I can't honestly think of one single good reason why it wouldn't be awesome.

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Sweet bejezus!

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Side note...Ron Perlman= Slade in Teen Titans...

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I have full confidence in Bethesda regarding this game. I absolutely loved Oblivion (and Morrowind). I also adored Fallout 1 & 2. Quite honestly, Bethesda stands at the very top (in my book) as PC single player RPG developers, and I just know that once Fallout 3 is released, it will be a gem.

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Can't wait for Fallout 3!!!!

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Aweome! I'm glad that they got Ron on this too because war is hell and he's a Hellboy (or something like that ;) ). Good job Bathesda!

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I wonder if it will retain it's smart humor from Fallout 1 and 2.

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Sweetness...but I doubt they'll be ready by release.

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it looks like it could be good. but i will wait to render further judgment. I really wonder what they will tweak from the original two. I mean if that is, from the engine they use, as Hines claims, then obviously isometric top down is out (very sad)

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Its nice to see the nostalgia kick in while watching the trailer, I can't wait to re-install Fallout and Fallout 2 and play through them again. Maybe I'll even give Tactics another go...

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God, this looks absolutely amazing. It looks like a better STALKER.

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Looks great!